Epson Announces New Moverio BT-30C Smart Glasses Delivering Immersive USB-C Tethered AR Viewing Experience at Sub $500 Price

New High-Quality Wearable Display Offers Limitless Development Possibilities and New Access to Mobile Content

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 8, 2019 – Epson today expanded its award-winning portfolio of Moverio® smart glasses with the Moverio BT-30C, delivering a high quality USB-C tethered augmented reality (AR) viewing experience. The Moverio BT-30C smart glasses offer a high-resolution, big-screen experience that is projected into a wearer’s line of sight. Utilizing USB-C connectivity with Android phones or Windows® PCs­1, the Moverio BT-30C provides a plug-and-play solution for access to a wide range of content – from entertainment apps to content captioning and mobile games – and vastly expands AR development applications.

“Over the past eight years, Epson has been committed to expanding the applications and capabilities of the wearable display category, and the introduction of the Moverio BT-30C brings to market an affordable, high-quality and comfortable wearable display solution that leverages the content, connectivity and power of a smartphone,” said Eric Mizufuka, product manager, augmented reality, Epson America, Inc. “Whether delivering immersive mobile gaming content, real-time captioning and entertainment translation, or augmenting tourist and theme park experiences, the compact Moverio BT-30C smart glasses allow users to experience and interact with content in a whole new way.”

The unique heads-up, hands-free experience offered with the Moverio BT-30C, combined with the Moverio SDK, allows for a range of app development possibilities. The easy-to-use plug-and-play solution does not require extensive set up or additional software, and features an easy user interface that integrates with existing devices. In addition to personal entertainment use, the Moverio BT-30C can interface with custom B2B applications such as captioning, subtitling, language translations, and more.

“Epson Moverio BT-30C smart glasses are a great accessory for 5G smartphones that leverage high bandwidth to deliver premium-quality multimedia,” said Hugo Swart, head of XR, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Tethering the XR Viewer to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 5G-enabled smartphone will offer immersive ‘big-screen’ experiences and provide transformative benefits to both consumer and enterprise sectors.”

The new Moverio BT-30C smart glasses provide a range of innovative features designed to deliver a seamless AR viewing experience, including:

  • Vivid Color and Detail – High-resolution OLED display creates a stunning big-screen experience
  • Works with Popular Smartphones and Tablets – View content from any Android mobile device with a USB Type-C1 port
  • Easy Plug-and-Play Operation – Just plug it in and begin viewing content
  • Heads-up, Hands-Free Experience – Sit back and enjoy content without having to hold your phone or laptop right in front of you
  • Lightweight Design, Comfortable Fit – Easy to wear, even for extended periods of time; fits over a wide range of prescription glasses
  • Transparent Display – Allows users to keep an eye on their surroundings
  • View Popular Apps and More – When connected to Android devices with a USB Type-C1 port; access Google Play Store apps, content and more
  • Dark Lens Shade Included – Offers movie-theater experience when streaming videos
  • Developer Resources Available – Moverio SDK allows developers to access headset orientation data, side-by-side 3D display mode and other functions
  • Limitless App Development Possibilities – Leverage the transparent display to create apps for captioning, subtitling, translation and more

Epson first announced Moverio smart glasses in 2011 and has since continued to drive market expansion with ongoing iterations featuring technological advancements to further the wearables industry. Today, Epson has a variety of both tethered and non-tethered Moverio smart glasses available for consumers, business and enterprise applications, delivering high quality, cost-effective solutions for hands-free AR experiences.

Pricing and Availability

Moverio BT-30C smart glasses are available for pre-order through Longitude Development and will ship in June 2019 for $499 MSRP. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/moverio.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than U.S. $10 billion. 

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